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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 15/5/2017 at: 12:13       Location: Drimpton

Murder Mystery final photographs

Just the last couple from the cast and crew meal at the Royal Oak.

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 15/5/2017 at: 12:05       Location: Drimpton

Murder Mystery, additional photographs

Here are some more photographs of the murder mystery.

Sam Harrison - Nick Bellorini
Carrie Evans - Francesca Hurrell
Jamie Powell - Nick Hurrell
Tony Garrick - John Horne
Jane Taylor - Beryl Banks
Karl Peters - Martin Higgs
Victoria Keene - Sara Higgs
Jenny Maxwell - Melody Newman
Sandy Weaver - Kate Hesketh

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 15/5/2017 at: 11:52       Location: Drimpton

Murder Mystery Memories

Murder Mystery Memories
A while back Kate and Francesca wondered if they could put on a murder mystery, then came a chat with Beryl who said she'd recently been and enjoyed one and, well, you know Drimpton - it grew!
It was hard work, fun and got lots of people involved and the evening added £756 to the Village Hall Car Park Fund, well done everyone, especially the audience; without their brilliant, active participation it would all have been pointless.
A few details:
Sam Harrison - Nick Bellorini
Carrie Evans - Francesca Hurrell
Jamie Powell - Nick Hurrell
Tony Garrick - John Horne
Jane Taylor - Beryl Banks
Karl Peters - Martin Higgs
Victoria Keene - Sara Higgs
Jenny Maxwell - Melody Newman
Sandy Weaver - Kate Hesketh
Script by Andrew Hull, courtesy of lazybeescripts
Kitchen: Rosemary Shepherd and Anne Horne
Canapés: Trish Harding, Diana Leake, Lynwen Davies
Table Service: Louise March, Grace and Rose Bellorini
Bar: Tim and Sue Bassett
Front of House: Linda and Roger Smith, Richard and Jackie Tuck
Sound: Norman Marsden
Music: Nick Hurrell and Richard Tuck
Lights: Ken Banks
Narrator: Brian Hesketh
Consultant Director: Andrew Pastor
Tickets, Publicity, Box Office, Food and various other tasks
Crew, Cast and friends
See below for pictures of the performance, the hall decorated for the event, prizes, a red carpet at The Royal Oak (thank you) the next day for our cast and crew lunch.

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Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/5/2017 at: 11:21       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in April '17

I had anticipated that this April, rainfall could have been summarized in two words ‘Very Dry’, and then, along came the last day of the month which gave us just over an inch. Even so, I have recorded rain on only four days during the month giving me a total of 33.5mm or 1.32 inches, as against last year when I recorded 13 days in which we had rain. Surprisingly the totals were not that dissimilar at 40mm. or 1.58 inches with most of those days delivering very small showers. No wonder the label of April Showers has been applied.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/4/2017 at: 15:15       Location: Drimpton

Mat Costin's Marathons for Cancer Research UK

message from Mat Costin: "To the generous people of Drimpton. I will be attempting to run a half marathon every month from February 2017 before undertaking the London Marathon in 2018 all in the aid of Cancer Research UK. You may witness him on the streets of Drimpton showing signs of distress and using expletives whilst training. If you can, please give generously either by going to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MatCostin, putting money in the tin at The Royal Oak or by texting COST80 £3 to 70070. Every penny helps. Thanks"

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/4/2017 at: 15:13       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Community Land Trust Update

Site feasibility surveys of the proposed site at Netherhay Lane, Drimpton were completed during February.
Trewin Design will submit a revised layout plan to Dorset County Partnerships for Pre-Application discussion with Planners. This meeting was expected to take place around the end of March.

The CLT’s preferred option would be to install an on-site sewerage system for this development. This would not impact on the mains sewer in view of the problems currently experienced in Marksmead and Oxhayes in Drimpton.

Dorset Council Partnerships’ Housing Need information indicates that there are currently 14 households registered within the Broadwindsor Group Parish area. A draft Allocation Plan specific to this site is being developed by the CLT and Yarlington Housing Group. This will be for properties to rent and shared ownership properties and will outline priorities and provide definitions of ‘local connections’.

A quarterly newsletter - BGP CLT News is now available on our website (see link below) as well as on the Parish Council, Broadwindsor and Drimpton websites. Copies are also available from Broadwindsor Community Stores, the pubs and village halls in Broadwindsor and Drimpton and Kittwhistle Garage.

Members of BGP CLT will be providing a presentation on the project at the Parish Council Annual meeting on MONDAY 15 May at DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL at 7.00 for 7.30pm
More information is available on the BGP CLT website at www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org .

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/4/2017 at: 15:12       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletters for April and May

At the AGM on 6th MARCH the Chairman reported on another year in which the Hall had continued to maintain the status quo. However, she expressed her disappointment that no progress had been made on an extension to the Car Park. The Committee had been unable to find or raise funding to carry out the much-needed project. Only a small number of residents were present, but those that were, were confident that, with a concerted effort by the Village, the money could be raised. They made suggestions of a number of activities which have been popular and financially rewarding in the past. We were reminded of how various Village Groups had raised much of the money for the Kitchen Refurbishment.

The Chairman thanked those Committee Members who were standing down, for their support and hard work. They are Roger Smith, Linda Smith, David Glossop and Lee Drayton. Unfortunately, there are to be no new members to replace them. Those continuing and their roles are:
Rosemary Shepherd Chairman Martin Higgs Secretary Tim Bassett Treasurer
Steve Chubb (Parish Council Rep) Diana Leake (CWD Horticultural Society)
Norman Marsden (St Mary’s PCC) Ken Banks (Netherhay Chapel)
Joyce Tyas (Drimpton Bowls Club) Tony Francis (Drimpton Football Club)
Robert Fooks (Drimpton & Netherhay Youth Club)

Fundraising Update: Events, specifically aimed at fundraising – are already planned.
1st April Race Night (see above); 6th May Murder Mystery Evening and 25th May Coffee Morning with Sales Tables (see below). If you, or a group of which you are part, would like to offer to stage other Fundraising Activities, the committee would be extremely grateful for your support

FILM CLUB: At the Village Hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm
WED 12th APRIL - OKLAHOMA.  This is a really great musical. From "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" to "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", the film rolls along with foot-tapping melodies. Starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones and Rod Steiger as the menacing Judd, who tries to come between them.
WED 10th MAY - SULLY.  On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the icy waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded for his amazing feat of aviation skill, an investigation was underway as to his competence.  A highly-recommended film starring Tom Hanks.
Remember that doors open at 1900 when teas, coffee, wine and beer are available. This is the last film in 2016/2017 season.  Membership for 2017/2018 will remain at £15 with 11 films; temporary Membership is available at £4.00 per film and films shown in the past are available to borrow with a £1.00 donation.

LENT LUNCH at the Village Hall
WED 12th April at 12.30pm
Organised by the Chapel with produce/bring & buy stall in aid of Action for Children. Join us for delicious homemade soup and to raise funds for such a good cause. Cost £4.

YOUTH CLUB INFO – from Steve Chubb
FRI APRIL 14th – Fun & Games; FRI APRIL 28th - session will include the AGM; FRI MAY 12th – Fun & Games; FRI MAY 26th Film Night
“This year we will be looking for a new Youth Club leader and Treasurer. John, after many years has decided to stand down. If anyone I interested or just wants to come and help please let me know.”

6.30pm exhibits to be staged. Entries close at 7.00pm. Judging by Ian Hallett, results at 7.30-pm. Non-members can attend. Wine and nibbles provided.

The ROYAL OAK - YOUR VILLAGE PUB – message from John & Sue Donoghue
“Well mad March is gone and it was a busy one.  Pub Aid Quiz - over 30 participants. St Patricks Day - full house, and our first roast dinner on Mother’s Day - Missed out? See you at the Easter sitting.

Next Quiz: Sunday 9th April and Sunday 14th May.
Live Entertainment: Saturday 1st April Nina Garcia / Saturday 4th May Fretworks
Sunday 21st May Special Tour Appearance by the Dogs of Jacksons.
Easter Sunday 16th April Roast Dinner featuring spring lamb followed by - we hope - live entertainment.
Euro Vision Revival Party on Saturday 16th May watch the song contest and pick the winner.  Dress code requirement - please check before hand?
Comedy Night Saturday 17th June in aid of Drimpton & Netherhay Youth Club, & Cancer Research UK Food nights; Fish Fridays / Indian Thursdays / In-house Pizzas available every day. All available eat in or take away.
Once again a big thank you to those of you for your continued support.”

On SATURDAY, 22nd APRIL from 10.30am to 12.00pm
Please call in for the usual Bacon Baps, scrumptious Cakes, plus tea and coffee and time for a chat.
The morning will include a FREE FLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATION by Angie Blackwell from Cottage Flowers in Ilminster. Angie is a judge at the Annual Village Summer Show and will help with some of the arrangements for this year’s show.

Services during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday – message from Neville Adams
“Holy week begins on April 10th and a short act of worship, known as Compline will take place at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday,  April 12th, starting at 7.30pm and lasting about twenty minutes. Do come along and end the day on a peaceful note.
On Good Friday at 10am, the usual procession will take place when the cross is taken from the Methodist Church, and placed in the area adjoining the telephone box next to the bridge. Short acts of worship will take place at the start and finish of the procession.
On Easter Sunday, a service of Holy Communion will be held at St Mary’s Church starting at 9.30am.
Everyone will be most welcome.

Village Hall 10.30am – 12 noon
Produce Stall
100 club draw
Proceeds for Christian Aid week
Following a very successful Valentines Lunch in February and 2 Lent Lunches, Village Lunch returns on Wednesday, 17th May at 12.30. Viv, Rosemary and team are very much looking forward to welcoming you for a Three Course Lunch for just £5.00.
Advance Notice: The next Village Lunch after this will be the Grand Summer Lunch on Sunday 11th June. The theme will be “The Oscars”. We look forward to seeing a cast of Celebrities and Stars! Is anyone could provide us with a strip of Red Carpet we should be most grateful.

On SATURDAY, 27th MAY from 10.30am to 12.00pm
As well as the usual Bacon Baps, Cakes and Coffee there will be a Sale of Bric-a-Brac, Books etc raising funds towards the Car Park Extension.

Murder Mystery
"Lights, Camera, Murder"
by Andrew Hull

An evening of mystery and suspense.
A chance not just to enjoy homemade Drimpton food, but also to test your detective skills.

On SATURDAY 6th MAY at 7:00 pm
At Drimpton Village Hall

The evening will include a meal, served at your table, canapés served upon arrival
Tickets are available at £10
Enquiries through the Box Office : email  drimptonboxoffice@gmail.com
There will also be licensed bar available to keep you refreshed as you track down the murderer(s).

Siddlington Studios (Drimpton Village Hall!) is shooting the latest British blockbuster, 'A Bittersweet Affair', and competition winners (the audience - you!!!) have been invited along for a day to watch the filming and to see what goes on behind the camera. 

The cast and crew have been working on the film for a few weeks and tensions are running high. Old flames, jealous lovers and past tragedy are just a few of the extras to make an appearance. Will the competition winners get to see more than just their favourite film stars and will everyone make it safely to the end of the day…?

You, the audience interrogate the cast and try to work-out whodunnit!

[This is a fundraiser for Village Hall plans for the new improved car park.]

WED MAY 17th: HORT SOC. 7.15 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall.  
Jessica Evans, Head Gardener at Tintinhull and winner of Young Horticulturalist of the Year 2015 will be giving a talk on Tintinhull.
Trish has finalised the arrangements for our visit to Wildside Gardens. Tuesday 20th June. Coach leaves the Village Hall Drimpton at 9.30 am. Cost £19.00 per person. This includes coach travel, a tip for the driver, entrance to the garden AND a guided tour with Keith Wiley who created this marvellous garden.
If you wish to attend, contact trishhrgn644@gmail.com. 

ART GROUP on MONDAYS from 2 - 4pm at Netherhay Chapel.  You can choose to work from a still life set up each week, or if you prefer to work from material you have brought along that's fine.  Help and guidance available if wanted, this is a relaxed and friendly group and we welcome new members -  beginners or experienced artists! The cost is £5 per session, next meeting 24th April.  
Further information- jennybeck1427@gmail.com 
Allotments are available in Broadwindsor from £10 for a full plot or £5 for a half plot per year. If you’d like to know more or arrange a visit, contact Sheila 01308 868806 or June 07484 729434.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/4/2017 at: 14:37       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in March 2017

Having just heard that the temperature in one part of the country reached 22C before the end of March, and this was well above the ‘norm’, it is clear that mild weather is still the order of the day. This or course has a marked affect on most things ‘Horticultural’. However the most impressive sight since Christmas, and indeed a little before, have been the Daffodils. This really has been the “Year of the Daffodil” Of course hybridism must play a large part, in that the growing season has been stretched from December to well into Spring and the mild winter has given them all the help they needed. Rainfall in March this year has been almost identical to last year with many days of just a little rain, mostly at the beginning and the end of the month. March 2017 85.25mm.(2016 86.25) or 3.37 inches (2016 3.4 inches).

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 15/3/2017 at: 20:34       Location: Drimpton

Victorian Magic from Morgan and West - more photographs

Here are some more pictures

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 15/3/2017 at: 20:21       Location: Drimpton

Victorian Magic from Morgan and West

Last Friday evening, with the help of Artsreach, supported by the Youth Club and good planning by Roger Smith a packed hall was treated to very well staged taste of Victorian magic, helped along with humour and willing volunteers.

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